Little League Softball Junior West Regional in Maranaby Andy Morales on Aug. 03, 2013, under Sports
Little League Softball Junior West Regional
Arthur Pack Complex: August 1-8
The Little League Junior Softball West Regional is being held at the Arthur Pack Complex in Marana. Teams from Post Falls (Idaho), Del Ray (So. California), Centennial (Nevada), Gastineau Channel (Alaska). Gilroy (No. California), Garden City (Montana), Pilot Rock (Oregon), Mill Creek (Washington) and Cedar (Utah) will be joining Eloy Santa Cruz.
Friday’s action featured the teams from Washington and Oregon playing in the first round of the Elimination Bracket and it had back and forth action until Alyssa Avalos hit a grand slam in the bottom of the sixth inning to put Washington comfortably ahead 16-10.
Not only was it a game-saving slam, it was also the first home run for Avalos. “I took a glance at it while I was running,” said Avalos. “I didn’t know it went over until I saw the umpire wiggle his finger. I felt really great because I knew I had just helped my team and coaches.”
The ball bounced off the top of the fenced before landing on the other side in centerfield. Even had the ball stayed in play, it still would have been a devastating hit for Oregon. Bekah Roe switched from catcher to pitcher in the bottom of the 4th and she held Washington off the base paths through the 4th and 5th innings but Oregon couldn’t cash in on her efforts until the top of the 6th where her team scored four runs to cut Washington’s lead down to 11-10.
Oregon scored twice in the top of the first on RBIs from Shayla Walker and Tarynn Angell but Washington came right back and scored four runs in the bottom half with Cristina Day and Haley Cottingham picking up hits.
Oregon scored four in the top of the 2nd to go up 6-4 with hits from Cayce Marshall, Rachel Willingham, Roe and Tehya Ostrom but they couldn’t hold the lead and Washington put up four more in the bottom of the second to go up 8-6.
Day doubled to start the scoring off with Avalos, Sophia Stoddard and Marley Fischtziur also coming up big with hits in the inning. Oregon came right back and loaded the bases with no outs after Angell, Marshall and Sara Weinke reached but Cottingham struck out the next batter and then turned a double play after she caught a line drive and threw out the runner at third base.
It was a missed opportunity for Oregon and they wouldn’t challenge again until the top of the sixth. Meanwhile, Washington posted three more in the bottom of the 3rd with RBI hits from Avalos and Fischtziur.
Down 11-6, Oregon scored three runs in the top of the 6th with hits come from Walker and Liz Grimes to make the score 11-10 Washington.
Washington was able to load the bases with two outs in the bottom of the 6th and Anna Golebiewski was walked to bring in the first run of the inning right before Avalos came up with her grand slam. Washington would add one more run after Cottingham and Stoddard picked up hits.
Oregon was able to score two in the top of the 7th but it was not enough and Washington won 17-12 to advance in the Elimination Bracket. Oregon moves over to the Consolation Bracket and will play on Sunday night. Avalos finished 3-5 with 6 RBIs.
Thursday, August 1
Santa Cruz 25, Idaho 0
No. California 12, Oregon 0
Alaska 12, Nevada 2
Utah 11, Washington 10
Friday, August 2
So. California 9, Santa Cruz 5
Montana 11, No. California 7
Washington 17, Oregon 12
Nevada 11, Idaho 1
Saturday, August 3
Alaska vs. So. California, 7:30 pm
Utah vs. Montana, 7:30 pm
Santa Cruz vs. Nevada, 5:00 pm
No. California vs. Washington, 5:00 pm
Sunday, August 4
Idaho vs. Oregon, 6:30 pm